Kaiser Permanente CRE Senior Estimator in Silver Spring, Maryland

Provides professional estimating, cost engineering, and project control activities for Kaiser Permanente construction and/or refurbishment projects for hospitals, medical offices, regional buildings and other medical facilities. Responsible for all phases of estimating, cost engineering and project control functions to include but not limited to: budget/feasibility, conceptual, preliminary, and final construction estimates; contractor bid reviews; change order reviews, analyses and negotiations; alternative analyses evaluation; productivity analyses; and use of cost estimating computer technology where applicable. Develops and implements project cost engineering standards and procedures. Establishes the project work breakdown structure.

Essential Functions:

  • Lead position which includes responsibility for technical direction over a group of Estimating Engineers, and/or performs as a technical specialist formulating and developing advanced estimating engineering concepts. Responsible for a full range of professional estimating/cost engineering and project control duties of diverse and complex scope. (Not a department head or Chief Estimator)

  • Coordinates the performance of pricing structure development and application to takeoffs, derived quantities, quantity assumption, and cost allowances within a discipline or other specialty.

  • Develops and prepares conceptual construction cost and budget estimates for all phases of construction. Includes development of unit hour/pricing data (and data analysis) estimating material cost, man-hours and revisions to existing buildings' mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

  • Completes budget estimates for construction documents that are 75% completed. Includes material cost, man-hours and subcontracted services.

  • Evaluates 100% construction documents to ensure the design is free of errors and omissions for subcontract bidding.

  • Performs itemized blueprint take-off for general conditions and items in CSI Divisions 2 through 16.

  • Analyzes scope of construction and prepares preliminary construction schedules in consultation with construction operations. Resolves any conflict with construction design and/or construction scheduling with appropriate personnel.

  • Obtains and verifies construction quotations for facilitation of construction projects, change order documents, addenda and contract change authorizations. Evaluates subcontract drawings and material submittals for conformance with contract documents and regulatory agencies. Obtains and verifies subcontract questions for construction projects and ensures compliance with construction documents.

  • Provides professional guidance and support to Facilities Design and Construction project team members to determine the preliminary cost and feasibility of maintenance and renovation projects.

  • Provides value engineering and construction auditing services to Facilities Design and Construction major expansion projects completed by outside general contractors.

Basic Qualifications:


  • Minimum ten (10) years of applicable experience estimating for commercial construction sites typically in excess of $10M.

  • Minimum eight (8) years of construction estimating experience.


  • Bachelor's degree in a field that provides a strong background in cost estimating, such as engineering, construction management, OR four (4) years of experience in a directly related field.

  • High School Diploma or General Education Development (GED) required.

License, Certification, Registration

  • N/A

Additional Requirements:

  • Experience with ground-up builds, seismic retrofits, and/or tenant improvements on commercial construction projects such as office buildings, hospitals, etc.

  • Thorough knowledge of policies, practices and systems.

  • Regularly contributes to the development of new concepts, techniques, and standards.

  • Considered functional expert in field within NFS.

  • Frequently contributes to the development of new approaches and methods.

  • Employs expertise as a generalist or specialist.

  • Must be able to work in a Labor/Management Partnership environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Public works or federal experience a plus.

  • Certification through AACE International and/or ASPE preferred.


TITLE: CRE Senior Estimator

LOCATION: Silver Spring, Maryland


External hires must pass a background check/drug screen. Qualified applicants with arrest and/or conviction records will be considered for employment in a manner consistent with Federal, state and local laws, including but not limited to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran, or disability status.